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At a special board meeting on July 2, the officers and directors of the Rotary Club of North Jackson reluctantly made the decision to suspend our plans to come back for in-person meetings at the Rickhouse next week. Based on the sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in our area, the Board felt it would be best to revisit our timeline in the coming weeks as things continue to develop.
We know that many of our members are anxious to return to in-person meetings (as are we), but we want to do it in the safest way possible. In the meantime, we will continue our weekly meetings on Zoom and we have some outstanding programs/speakers lined up including our annual changing of the guard ceremony next Tuesday, July 7th. We have a lot to share with you about your Club’s efforts and achievements over the past Rotary year and plans for this coming year. We will also be introducing our incoming officers and board members, so please plan to tune in. We will be sending out a link to the Zoom meeting soon.
Thank you!
Lee Carney
President, Rotary Club of North Jackson
Rotary International and Toastmasters International have entered into a partnership. The objectives are still being finalized, however, the two similar organizations offer their respective members many opportunities via the partnership.  Rotary is a service organization and Toastmasters teaches members how to be better speakers and better leaders. Four North Jackson Rotarians are members of the High Noon Toastmasters in Jackson: Clinton Smith, Suman Das, Ed Sentell, and Bill Osborne. Suman & Clinton are past presidents of High Noon and Bill is the current president. High Noon meets via Zoom at noon on Mondays. Any of the 4 Rotarians can provide you with the link to the meeting. Prior to COVID-19, High Noon met at the Eudora Welty Library. The club anticipates returning to the library when normal times return. Please understand that every North Jackson Rotarian is invited to attend and participate in High Noon meetings.
Thank you.
Bill Osborne,
Editor the "Wheel", Rotary Club of North Jackson bulletin & President High Noon Toastmasters Club No. 2028
Zoom meeting invites with the link and password will be sent to all club members on Mondays. The Zoom meetings will continue to start at noon on Tuesdays with club member fellowship with the meeting starting at 12:15 p.m. If you have any issues connecting to the Zoom meeting or would like the link sent to you, please email me at
We reserve the first 15 minutes for fellowship and give our speakers nearly 30 minutes for their presentations.

Here are links to recordings of the Zoom meetings

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August 25, Brian Gault & Desean Dyson, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and The Redeemer School
August 11, Scott Waller, President & CEO, Mississippi Economic Council
August 4, Steve Jent, Executive Director, Sanderson Farms Championship, PGA Tour event.
July 28, Dr. Nelson Atehortua, MD, Ph.D., MPH,  "COVID-19 Update."
July 21, Keith Elliott, Founder & Executive Director, Sow Reap, Feed
July 14, Scott Spivey, Executive Director, Mississippi Home Corporation.
July 7, Passing the Gavel, Installation of new Officers and Directors.
June 30, Mike Forster, Chair and CEO, Mississippi Coding Academies.
June 23, Jim Richmond, Vice President, Marketing, C Spire.
June 16, Dr. Alan Jones, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Chair & Professor Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), "How UMMC Prepared for the COVID-19 Pandemic."
June 9, Dr. Scott Crawford, Livable Cities and Disabilities Advocate.
June 2, Jane Clover Alexander, President & CEO, Community Fund for Mississippi.
May 26, Keith Carter, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics, Univesity of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
May 19, John Gibson, Director of Television, Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
May 12. Lakeysha Greer Isaac, 2019-2020 President, Junior League of Jackson
May 5, Honoring North Jackson Star Students and Teachers:
April 28, Tavia Cavett, Director of MBHS's Employee Assistance Program:
April 21, David Mars, Pilot & Adventurer
April 14 - Haley Fisackerly, Pres. & CEO, Entergy MS
April 7: Bob Miller City of Jackson Public Works director
March 31: Nelson Atehortua, MD, PhD
Prayer. Loving God, we pray for those adversely affected by the Coronavirus and for those working to manage the disease it causes.

Eternal God, we humbly bow before you in acknowledgment of your goodness to us in so many ways. We are awed by the mystery of your Being, by all that is supernatural and spiritual. When we are tempted to rely on our own knowledge, ability, and wisdom, prod us to trust the sufficiency of your grace and the credibility of your promises.

We thank you for the fellowship we anticipate and for the awareness of our continual blessings. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • Stanley Simpson                  Sept. 7
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Clinton & Lois Smith            Sept. 7
Membership Anniversaries
  • Jim Stanley                  40 years, Sept. 1
  • Rob Whitley                 41 years, Sept. 1
Redeemer Presbyterian Church Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson
Brian Gault, Assistant Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Desean Dyson, Head of School at The Redeemer School (TRS) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's August 25, 2020, meeting. The subject of their presentation was racial equality. Gault came to Redeemer in 2018 from the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) where he served for 23 years and received a Masters of Theology degree. His current responsibility is for Shepherding and Discipleship. Dyson came to TRS in 2014 from Hinds County Public Schools where he was an administrator. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree at the University of Mississippi. He is also an adjunct instructor at Belhaven University.
Gault's thesis is that our country only can achieve racial reconciliation if we follow biblical principles. He quoted both Old and New Testament scripture saying that if we follow only the Darwinian principles we will pursue the exercise of power, whereas the biblical references refer to all people. He proposes a three-legged stool as the basis for reconciliation. The first leg is the image of God. God says that all persons are equal,  Our founding fathers said: "We hold the truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." The second leg is justice. He referenced the "Black Lives Matter" movement saying that black lives haven't mattered for most of the 400 years black people have been on the North American continent and that we all have an inherent sense of justice. We should not show partiality in our lives be that racial, class, or others. Justice means looking out for those who do not have power. The third leg of the stool is Love. In order to move to racial reconciliation, we must have love. Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as your self." Move from defensiveness to confession. Avoid partiality and listen with care and concern. Deeply listen to someone different from yourself.
Dyson said to resist fatalism  He used the example of a birdcage, where one bar is insufficient to hold the bird, but twenty bars properly placed can do the job. He also used the example of British educator, Sir Ken Robinson, who argued that children do not grow into artistic creativity but are educated out of it by school systems that prioritize academic achievement and conformity instead of liberating imagination and initiative. We shouldn't put our children in educational bird cages. Dyson then gave the example based on a study that concluded young black males are over disciplined. He said the at TRS, they tell parents that a child may be expelled or suspended for disciplinary reasons, but that is the last straw. First, the school will confer with the parents and try to develop a plan for the child that they can all accept. He practices giving people the benefit of the doubt and has his teachers follow the same principle.
We thank Gault and Dyson for their presentation and for what they are doing for our youth. The link to the meeting and their presentation follows:
MS Lt. Gov. Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Lt. Governor of the State of Mississippi, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 18, 2020 meeting. The primary subject of his talk was the just-ended sessions of the legislature. He featured the legislative decision to retire the Mississippi State Flag and the approval of a process to replace it. He acknowledged that the commission to select a new flag has narrowed the number of candidates to 5 and that it will shortly name the candidate to be voted on by the citizenry on November 3. He also mentioned that the legislature had restored teacher's pay by eliminating cuts previously made and committed the funds provided by the federal CARES act. 
The Lt. Governor also discussed his and his family's adventure with COVID-19 that he contracted in early July following the legislative session. He noted that he is finally able to make his daily 1.5-mile run and that he made his first one that morning. We thank him for his presentation to our club and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. He is shown during his presentation in the following photo.


President & CEO, MS Econ. Council Speaks to Rotary Club 


Scott Waller, President & CEO, Mississippi Economic Council (MEC), spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s August 11, 2020, meeting. The title of his talk was “Securing Mississippi’s Future; Relief, Recovery, Reimagine. The MEC is Mississippi’s Chamber of Commerce.

More detailed information on the three points in Mr. Waller’s presentation is as follows:

  • “Relief – Continually assess and address immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on businesses’ operations and employees, advancing best practices
    to help stabilize operations in uncertain times, while seeking economic stability and continuity.

  • Recovery – The first phase of recovery focuses on restarting our economy. Restoring confidence in economic activity will be of utmost importance once health concerns are addressed. Recovery truly begins as we work to return economic activity to the pre-crisis levels.

  • Reimagine – Reshaping and transforming Mississippi’s economy requires putting Mississippi in a position to optimize opportunities in a post-pandemic economy. Rethinking our sector strategies will lead to steady, long-term growth.”

Waller further elaborated on these three phases of securing Mississippi’s Future:

  • Areas to explore during the Relief phase include:

    • Economic Continuity

    • Business Liquidity

    • Regulatory Relief

    • Business Liability Protection

    • Transportation and Logistics

    • Technology Infrastructure

  • Areas to explore during the Recovery phase include:

    • Creating Economic Stability

    • Workforce Availability

    • Educational Assessments

    • Tourism & Retail

    • Infrastructure’s Importance

    • Technology Advancement

    • Supply Chain Continuity

  • Areas to explore during the Reimagine phase include:

    • Talent Retention and Attraction

    • Workforce & Educational Attainment

    • Educational Innovation

    • Economic Development Realignment

Waller reported the results of a Covid-19 Business Survey Conducted by MEC, Mississippi Economic Development Council, and Mississippi Manufacturers Association. The results were as follow:

  • Essential vs Non-Essential

    • 58% reported that their business was designated essential

    • 26% reported that their business was designated non-essential

    • 12 % reported that some parts of their business was designated essential and some parts were designated non-essential.

    • 4% reported that they were unsure or did not know.

  • COVID-19 impact on their business

    • 7 % reported no impact.

    • 88% reported a negative impact.

    • 6% reported a positive impact.

  • Reducing Staff or hours

    • 7% reported having reduced or planning to reduce staff

    • 17% reported that the hours worked were reduced or they were planning to reduce the no. of hours worked

    • 34% reported that they had reduced or were planning to reduce the number of staff or the hours staff worked

    • 42% had no plans for any reductions.

  • Impact on Revenues

    • 12 % reported no impact of CUVID-19 on revenues.

    • 31% reported a 20 - 40% reduction in revenues.

    • 37% reported a 60-80% reduction in revenues.

    • 21% reported a 100% reduction in revenues.

  • Top Concerns going forward

    • 45% Business  Financial, Market Concerns

    • 22% COVID-19 concerns

    • 14% Workforce concerns

    • 12% Consumer related concerns

    • 6% Global business concerns

We thank Waller for his presentation and for his work on behalf of Mississippians and Mississippi businesses. He is shown in the following photo during his presentation.


Sanderson Farms Championship ED Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
Steve Jent, Executive Director, Sanderson Farms Championship PGA Tour Event, Spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's August 4 meeting. Mr. Jent is a native of Indiana and is a graduate of DePauw University with an MBA from Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Century Club Charities, the non-profit host organization for the tournament. in 2013,  he was Sales and Marketing Director for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Steve leads a team of 6 that oversees the planning and execution of the tournament along with almost 1,000 volunteers.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is one of only 49 PGA TOUR tournaments held each year. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its 10th year as part of the FedEx Cup.

This event has raised more than $17 million for Batson Children’s Hospital, through its donations to Friends of Children’s Hospital, and statewide charities, including over $2.2 million in charitable impact 2019. Past champions of the tournament include defending champion Sebastian Munoz,  Cameron Champ, Ryan Armour, Cody Gribble, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, Scott Stallings, Chris Kirk, Heath Slocum, 2011 FedExCup Champion Bill Haas, and Payne Stewart.

The2018 and 2019 tournaments won the award for Best Charity Integration among the PGA TOUR’s 49 events, recognizing the Sanderson Farm Championship’s ability to share how proceeds from the tournament impact the lives of Mississippi children treated at Batson Children’s Hospital.  Last year’s event generated more than $2.2 million in charitable impact and a local economic impact of over $26 Million. The 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship will be held September 28 – Oct 4th at the Country Club of Jackson. 

Steve spent most of his time discussing the objectives of the tournament and the success it has had raising money for the Friends of Batson Children's Hospital and other Mississippi charities plus the special plans that are being put in place for this year's tournament given the COVID-19 pandemic. Those plans are still being finalized. We sincerely thank Steve for his presentation, for his efforts on behalf of the Century Club Charities, the City of Jackson, and all Mississippians.



This Week's Rotary Thought is about My Rotary

Posted August 26, 2020

What’s new in My Rotary

by Rotary International

By David Peterson, Club and District Support Manager, and Victoria Schiffman, Member and Club Management Product Owner, Rotary International

Imagine this: You meet a fellow Rotarian at an event. You are interested in collaborating on a project and promise to follow up. A few days later, you realized you’ve misplaced their contact information. Now what?

You could search Google or social media. You may even try to call us, hoping Rotary International could help, but we can’t share our members’ information. So now what?

You go to the newly updated My Rotary website and use the member search function to find that member! You can search by name, location, role or club. And based on that member’s privacy settings, you can make an instant connection.

This is just one of the many updates we recently made to My Rotary – our members-only website for Rotarians and Rotaractors. The site has been around for a long time, providing access to resources, tools and information that improve the membership experience. Over the years though, we’d hear that it was too slow, hard to navigate, and difficult to use. Our members were frustrated and My Rotary was no longer meeting their needs.

So, we set out to give you what you asked for. And this month, we launched an improved My Rotary.

Many of the initial changes are focused on functionality for club officers since they are the site’s heaviest users. But there are plenty of improvements that all members can benefit from. My Rotary is now faster and easier to use. It’s more accessible from mobile devices. It even has an updated look and feel. It also has improved member profiles and security settings so you easily make connections with other members, while also protecting your personal information. No more missed connections!

It’s simple:

  1. Log in to My Rotary.
  2. Complete your member profile by adding your contact information, the Rotary programs you’ve participated in, and your professional expertise.
  3. Set your privacy settings. You control what information you want to share and with whom. You can customize your profile so some information is only visible to your club, while other information is available more broadly (or not at all).

And when you’re done, check out the other new features, like the enhanced club search function. The old “Club Finder” functionality is being replaced by a simplified club search tool that allows members to look up and filter clubs more easily using a variety of search parameters, including meeting day, time, location, and, brand new in this release, meeting format (online, in-person or both). Clubs can also now add more than one meeting to better accommodate the many innovative approaches they are using to address the needs of their members and attract new ones.

We’ll be making even more updates in the coming months (including improvements to functionality for district officers and fully incorporating Rotaractors and satellite clubs) so the site is continuously being improved to meet your needs. In the meantime, give it a try and let us know what you think!

My Rotary.